MATCH PREVIEW: Accrington Stanley v Bristol Rovers

GasCast Match Previews by Simon Gray

Bristol Rovers travel to Accrington this week looking to turn things around after another home defeat.

A 2-1 loss at relegation rivals Rochdale left Rovers once again precariously looking over their shoulders at the bottom four.

Goals from Alex Newby condemned Rovers to their seventh defeat on home soil and manager Paul Tisdale has had his say on the side’s poor form and the way in which they have to turn things around.

“Every game is about basics,” Tisdale told BristolLive.

“You build from basics and do things properly that way. Today the challenge was a bit different and they’ve lost those basics so, I’m learning fast.

“No matter who the opposition is, I’ve got to get those basics into them, maybe it’s not just a conversation but it’s something more.

“We’ve got a long way ahead of us but we can’t think like that, it’s got to be the next game and every three points is highly important.

“They should’ve played better. Play better, win the game.”

Rovers will be without midfielder Abu Ogogo, who limped off in the first half with a hamstring problem.

Jack Baldwin missed the loss to Dale but may return to face Accrington and there may also be a return for striker James Daly, who has not played since the 6-0 win over Darlington in November.

Accrington go into the game in fairly inconsistent form since the turn of the year.

After a strong start to the league campaign, Stanley have dropped off slightly, losing three of their six matches in all competitions.

Accrington have played the least amount of games in League One so far this season with 21 but sit just three points off the play offs with as many as 4 games in hand on some of the teams above them.

But manager John Coleman has insisted that despite the gap between the two sides in terms of league position, his side have to be weary of their opponents.

“Bristol Rovers are a bigger club than us,” Coleman told the club’s website.

“Paul is a good manager, it’s nice to see him back in football, he has a good pedigree and plays football the right way.

“Every team we go up against worry me because I know they’re capable of beating us.

 “I believe we’re capable of being anybody, but certainly in League One you can lose to anyone.

“I’ve seen enough this season to know that you can’t take any game for granted, every game you play poses its own threat.”

Accrington have no new injury concerns going into the game, with new loan signing Paul Smyth possibly making his first start of his second stint at the club. Deadline Day signing Adam Phillips may have a place on the bench as long as he was registered in time.

Lineup Predictions:

Stanley Predicted XI (3-5-2): Baxter (GK), Barclay, Hughes, Nottingham, Pritchard, Butcher, Conneely, McConville, Uwakwe, Charles, Bishop.

Rovers Predicted XI (4-1-2-1-2):

Score Predictions:

Sam and Max: Accrington Stanley 2-0 The Gas

Simon: Accrington Stanley 1-1 The Gas